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Indian Americans urged to dissociate from Sadhvi Ritambhara

Indian Muslim Council USA has appealed the Indian American community to disassociate itself from the alleged hate-mongering speeches of visiting Hindutva activist Sadhvi Rithambara.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2010 08:42 IST

Indian Muslim Council USA has appealed the Indian American community to disassociate itself from the alleged hate-mongering speeches of visiting Hindutva activist Sadhvi Rithambara.

"Indian Americans need to focus on leveraging the strategic relationship between India and America for the betterment of the citizens of India and America -- not on the narrow minded ideological loyalties," the Council said in a statement.

"Let us promote harmony and progress and reject politics of hate and intolerance starting from our community halls, synagogues, churches, mosques and temples," it said.

Noting that Sadhvi Ritambhara is currently being tried by Indian courts for inciting religious violence, the IMC-USA said her speeches during a previous US visit had caused considerable controversy.

"When her earlier speaking engagement was cancelled by the City of Hollywood, Florida, it embarrassed and divided Indian American community in Florida," it noted.